Launching Specialty Food Product is No Small Task

This (insert your homemade product here) is soooo good….you need to package it and sell it!

Does this sound familiar? While it can be exciting, starting a food business or adding a product to your existing farm or restaurant business is a lot of work. There is a long list of tasks to complete, including testing the product, navigating regulations, up scaling recipes, developing a production plan, deciding on packaging, pricing, market research, and so on. Is your head spinning yet?

Don’t worry – we can help! If you’ve considered starting a food business of any type, we have a couple of programs coming up that can get you on the path to success.

Starting Your Own Food Business
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
at CTTC, 10 Enterprise Drive, Carbondale

The one-hour information session introduces participants to the necessary steps to get a food business up and running. In addition, details will be available about the programs and services of The University of Scranton SBDC and the Kitchen Incubator at CTTC, a shared-use, licensed commercial kitchen with state-of-the-art equipment. Space is limited. To register, call 570-941-7588 or 570-282-1255.

ServSafe® Food Safety Certification
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 (register no later than April 12)
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
at The University of Scranton
$155 per person

ServSafe®, a nationally recognized certification program for safe food handling practices, meets Pennsylvania regulations and is accredited by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. The certification is also appropriate for churches, fire halls, and home food processors providing food for to the public.

We also offer individual, confidential consulting at no cost. E-mail The University of Scranton SBDC at or call 570-941-7588 for guidance in launching your specialty food business.

Lisa Hall, Director
The University of Scranton SBDC

Scranton SBDC client, Peggy Cosgrove and her sister, Kathleen Cosgrove Fritch have recently launched Peggy’s Wing Sauce of Scranton. Find out where you can buy some at

About The University of Scranton SBDC

The University of Scranton SBDC provides no cost small business consulting services that are tailored to fit the needs of small business clients of Bradford, Lackawanna, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne & Wyoming Counties. The center offers confidential individualized assistance designed to identify and address the problems of small business owners as well as individuals interested in establishing a business. The program is jointly funded by the US Small Business Administration, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and The University of Scranton.
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